Here are the questions ABC News' chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser, suggests you ask your doctor in order to make more informed decisions about your care, along with a couple more helpful tips for good measure. Print it out and bring it with you on your next doctor's visit.
Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor
What is my condition called?
What are my treatment choices, and what are the pros and cons of each one?
What's the LEAST treatment I can get for this? What would the effects be? Will I feel better? Will I live longer?
What's the MOST treatment I can get for this? What would the effects be? Will I feel better? Will I live longer?
Knowing the "least" treatment and the "most" treatment, which would you recommend for me, and why?
What does medical science say is the best answer for me? In other words, what's the most up-to-date recommendation for people who have the same issue I do?
How can I get a second opinion on this? (You're not being rude, you're being thorough. Ask about websites, medical centers and another doctor with whom you could have a consultation.)
Do you have written information about my condition that I can read? Can you recommend a good website or support group?
Can I follow up with you by phone if I have any additional questions?
More Tips for Your Doctor's Visit
Take someone with you. They can take notes for you, help you ask questions or ask questions you find embarrassing.
Get answers in plain English. What you can't understand can't help you. Make sure you know what your doctor is saying.
Follow Dr. Besser on Twitter: @DrRichardBesser.